Kyle getting ready for the Beijing Olympics from his injury from the bad landing last August.
Shewfelt slightly mistimed a landing at a practice session in Germany last August and the results were catastrophic. He splintered the tops of both shinbones, hyper-extended his knees and suffered ligament damage.
Surgery followed within days and he now has a metal plate and two screws in his left leg and a screw in the right. The pain is constant -- and time is running out.
"It will be a huge victory to be in Beijing after suffering the traumatic injury that I did," he told Reuters from the western city of Calgary.
That said, he has no desire just to make up the numbers.
"I don't want to come 50th, I want to challenge ... I want to feel like I'm on fire and that I'm unstoppable and that I'm going to be able to hit my absolute best routine and that will equal another Olympic medal," he said.
[quote]The plate causes so much grief that he will have it removed after the Games. [/quote]
Kyle is probably going to skip the Canadian Nationals and just go for the Olympic Trials in July to make Canada's Olympic Team.
A few weeks ago Shewfelt -- who says he is "pretty happy" with his preparations -- wanted to take part in the Canadian national championships in early June. That may now not happen.
"I would hate something to go wrong just because I wasn't quite fully prepared," he said.
His last chance to make the Olympic team is a series of trials in July which will cut a pool of eight contenders to six. If all goes to plan, he will start taking more hard landings in the last six weeks before Beijing.
Check out Kyle Shewfelt's official blog: http://kyleshewfelt.blogspot.com
From his blog on May 20:
Yesterday I landed my first Arabian double pike on the real floor and it felt amazing.
The video is posted there. On a 8 incher with a 4 incher on top of that.